Saturday, July 30, 2011

Painting Study - Kiera Knighley...

I wasn't intending on doing another painting study today (like the one I did earlier of Olivia de Haviland) - but after reading James Gurney blog post about painting advice from John Singer Sargent ( I thought I'd give it a try.

The image was originally for painting jam of Knightley at Drawingboard ( that I never got around to. Trying to tighten up on the eyes and leave everything else less finish. It worked in general - but the eyes look a bit big still.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sketchbook: More Comic Book Character SKETCHES!!!

Black Canary.

More WWII Cap - from the movie - too good to pass up again.

Ironman/ Tony Stark - being a jerk, in my sketchbook. Hooray!
Last few days been feeling like CRAP  - cause of this totally awesome throat/chest cough/hacking shit/fun!!! When I can - I've been taking a break, hopefully getting this stuff out of my system. BUT I can't just sit back and do nothing! SO - sketching time! Lately in a "super-hero" mood....and here are a few.....

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Story Beats for Act 1 of Indiana Jones and the Re-Write of Doom...Part 2

Opening with hot-rod race.

Bobby-soxer wearing Indy's jacket begs for a race.

The race! - I need to re-do the shot (see post-it note) to make it more dynamic.

Race ends - and the kids end up at the Atomic Cafe. The Girl wearing Indy's jacket makes a phone call.

Girl wearing Indy's jacket on the pay-phone holding a photo. Black car approaches.

Mysterious Stranger (A general) appears with a suit-case!

Indy is still surrounded at Area 51.

Indy gets out of the car - I always liked that shot from the film

Indy and Mac are still captured.

Mac still betrays Indy.

Indy escapes!

Crazy rocket-sled fight. Bad drawing...

Rocket-sled out! Pens are dying!

Indy in the "Bomb" town - new pens!

Sirens go off. No good will come of this.

Indy gets held up again!

But it turns out to be the Girl from earlier in disguise as a soldier.

Indy and the kids race the Russians out of the "Bomb" town.

Russians loses the race!


Our Mysterious Stranger shows up again - General Ross and get Indy and the kids out of the FBI's hands.

A VERY BAD drawing of Indy teaching and getting interrupted.

Indy gets fired. Mutt (one of the kids) gets a stranger letter in the BG.

Indy and his Grad student, Natalie, find the FBI confiscating Indy's office. Fertility Idol on desk.

Natalie convince Indy to escape work one last time.

Mutt waiting outside with his strange letters.

At the diner...

Indy goes over legend of the Crystal Skull - and how Percy Fawcett went looking for the Lost City of Z.

KGB shows up to ruin things.

The Chase! Natalie gets kidnapped with half the letter/map to the Crystal Skull, despite Indy and Mutt's efforts.

Indy and Mutt leave heading to find Natalie and the sender of the strange letters.

Indy looks over his photo of when he first met Natalie, a survivor of the Nazi death camps.
Okay - Part 2. After talking over more story beat ideas with my friend, I went back to work - drawing them bigger and really trying to make each shot about the character's relationships with each other. Rarely do I get this storyboards, let alone beats, in the first pass - and in fact, this is about the 3rd revision I've done on these beats.

Naturally, a fourth and fifth revision is going to happen...I'm going to need some new pens...a lot of pens....

Sketchcrawl: Ghirardelli Square Sketch

Started out the day going to Sketchcrawl ( at Ghirardelli Square - but about an hour in I got called to ye' Ol' Powell building to work. Hopefully next time I'll get more time in. I did manage to get a decent sketch of the tower clock at least.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Batgril Returns Sketch!!!

Babs Gordon is returning to the mantle of Batgirl! Which is the only thing at Comic-Con that I'm remotely interested in, if I was there this year. Since I did a Captain America sketch - got to do one of Babs as Batgirl...

Captain America and Peggy Carter Sketch

Saw "Captain America" last night - and since I'm feeling burn out from the rest of the previous week - I thought I'd just do sketch of Cap and Peggy. I referrence both Evans and Atwell from the film - but also Thomas Perkins ( - who did a lot of work for the "Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes".

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Red Ridinghood Thumbnails: Character Design

I'm teaching an intro character design class this summer. I hate begin one of those teachers who never has any samples - the "can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk". It always annoyed me as a student. While I did have to work on these at the same time my students, at least I did them.

Naturally the first thing to cover (other than being awesome) was thumbnails. I shot for the old 30-ish mark that was drilled into me at CSULB. Hopefully - the kids will walk away with the "process" of drawing rather than trying to get it all right in the first drawing.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Cowgirl Sketch: An attempt at Petty One-Up-Manship....

Some time ago, Drawing Comrade - Adam Knight (, did a Cowgirl pin-up. Needless to say, I was jealous. And there's nothing that motivates me like petty's the basis of all my relationships.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Of Monkeys and Legioniaries: Sketches...

Various scenes for my Roman Legion...

Marching though the woods - to Grandma's house!

Walking and talking....

Scenes for "Daring Monkey Adventures"...

Sketch for gold...and apparently a quick sketch of my friend Jenni.

More scenes for possible adventures for Scheckey and Maribelle.

Even more possible adventures for Scheckey and Maribelle.

There was a "Hobbit" joke for this but I forget it now....
For a while now I've been wanting to get back to doing comic books - and the above has been my some of my "research". These are various story beat ideas - most done in about 5 to 10 minutes. Eventually I think I might seek funding though Kickstarter or IndieGoGo - but I want a pretty clear road map before I start the Quest for Money.